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Twitter / pamchristie: Many of our staff are heroes ...

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RT @pamchristie: Many of our staff are heroes who helped fight the fires like Glendon Pryor from Hunter TAFE #tafensw http://t.co/5dtTVCD1o5
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Indeed many TAFE staff are heroes for their actions during the bush fires. However, it needs to be made quite clear that it was only action taken by the NSW Teachers Federation that has ensured that Part Time Casual teachers will now be paid for their non attendance at work due to these bushfires.  TAFE Management's original position was to deny these staff pay. Thank you NSWTF for taking action to stand up for this injustice.

 
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Queensland TAFE facilities up for grabs

Queensland TAFE facilities up for grabs | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The Australian    |    4 November 2013 The Queensland government has begun the search for commercial tenants of the state's TAFE infrastructure, with survey of the state’s private registered traini...
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Politicians sell off our wonderful TAFEs and TAFE facilities without proper consultation with the people who elected them. They seem to be forgetting, perhaps conveniently, that the TAFE colleges and infrastructure are owned by the tax paying community, not individual private training businesses who stand to profit from access to these facilities, at the expense of the taxpayer. Who owns our TAFEs? 

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TAFE teacher recognised with award for adult literacy - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

TAFE teacher recognised with award for adult literacy - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE teacher recognised with award for adult literacy Rockhampton Morning Bulletin CENTRAL Queensland TAFE teacher Tina Stritzke has been recognised for her work with adult migrants, winning a state TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy...
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How precious and valuable are our TAFE teachers right around Australia? We need to really value them as ALL as the professional educators that they are much more!

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The last post

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Thanks to all who have taken the time to read my Ultimo TAFE Library posts. I have enjoyed working here at Ultimo TAFE Library and the blog has been a big part of my time here.  After 5 and a half ...
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Another staff member bites the dust. Good luck for the future Maria.

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Stop TAFE Cuts

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We must Stop TAFE Cuts Now! (Are you going to "Do Your Block" for #TAFE from
11-17 November? #stoptafecuts http://t.co/Zm83AYYfxX)
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Now that the NSW Treasurer has announced the NSW budget to be in surplus is there adequate excuse for the TAFE cuts to continue?

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Ombudsman to probe Vic TAFE contract

Ombudsman to probe Vic TAFE contract | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The Age     |     28 October 2013 The Ombudsman is to investigate a contentious decision by Victoria’s top education bureaucrat to pay a former colleague’s company $1 million to oversee TAFE reform...

Via susiemandley
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Symptom of unhealthy competition policy being applied indiscriminately to TAFE.  CONFLICT OF INTEREST!  CONFLICT OF INTEREST!  CONFLICT OF INTEREST!

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Apprentice model is costly but unreformed

Apprentice model is costly but unreformed | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
AS we head into the major recruiting season for apprentices, it is difficult to comprehend the barriers that are being erected against the delivery of the skilled labour that our businesses need.

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The problem here is the "elephant in the room" that is being ignored. TAFEs have always had, in the past, the employee and employer as the central client with the skills developed for their businesses within an industry being uppermost in focus. Unfortunately now the ideology prevailing is that the focus should be on the training provider being in a "business model" itself. This is the real problem. A classic conflict. The prime emphasis is to shift the attention to a profit making business in training rather than servicing a skill development partnership with industry. Profit rules at considerable cost. There is a parallel shift within the training culture of industries and the businesses within them. Instead of being part of a wide industry with responsibilities to train for the wider industry as a whole, the shift is back to only those skills that an individual enterprise needs, no more, no less!  This responsibility to give back something to the industry as a whole has disappeared with the same shift to profit at all costs, and replaced with a selfish outlook to what an enterprise only needs to pay for, whether large or an SME. This is the ideologically driven "market rules" under a fully contestable funding regime. There will be, if not already, severe market failure and severe loss of skill development as a result. The economy and industries will ultimately pay the price of this shortsightedness.

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, October 27, 2013 9:22 PM

Cuts to TAFE and increased fees are too great a barrier. This will damage productivity and our economy.

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Young people being conned into courses

UNSCRUPULOUS training providers are luring young people with gimmicks and enrolling students who do not have the skills. (Dodgy deals exploit young people.
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This is the tip of the iceberg when you allow "market forces" to prevail and not regulate the VET sector. TAFE is being dragged down into this mess. Some of the concerns raised by young people and case workers about these training organisations were, among others: 

1 Use of gimmicks to attract students to courses.

2 Promising employment pathways that don't exist.

3 Failing to properly assess skills of prospective students.

4 Convincing students with limited literacy skills they will be capable of completing courses that are too hard for them.

5 Jobs being advertised that do not exist.

This is an indicator of what is to follow for the sector if the direction continues and the TAFE cuts continue along with it.

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TAFE fee rises threaten future of NSW economy | Australian Greens

TAFE fee rises threaten future of NSW economy | Australian Greens | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The O'Farrell government's plans for TAFE fee rises of up to $750 a year will reduce the number of young people taking up apprenticeships and traineeships, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. ('Higher TAFE fees put pressure on ...
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Many people are very unaware of the incredibly valuable role played by TAFE in the development of employable and economically valuable skills. The NSW economy will be seriously threatened if the direction being taken by the O'Farrell Government continues and the severe funding cuts to TAFE are not stopped. It's the NSW economy Mr O'Farrell.

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North Coast TAFE worker recognised for recommitment to safety ...

Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead has congratulated North Coast TAFE employee Rod Cook for being selected as a finalist in the 2013 WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards. Mr Cook is finalist in the Best individual ...
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Congratulations to North Coast TAFE employee Rod Cook for being selected as a finalist in the 2013 WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards.

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TAFE to close Glenormiston college - Warrnambool Standard

TAFE to close Glenormiston college - Warrnambool Standard | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE to close Glenormiston college
Warrnambool Standard
GLENORMISTON'S 42-year link with agricultural education is set to end next year after South West TAFE announced it would finish its association with the historic site.
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Another TAFE to be dramatically affected, and the community it has served so well, by the ongoing funding cuts by state governments. Shame, shame, shame. Stop the TAFE CUTS!

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Twitter / tafeorganiser: Marie TAFE Outreach Student ...

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Marie TAFE Outreach Student from Western Sydney Tregear speaks about importance of TAFE http://t.co/RKm98Tq9z6
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You know the TAFE cuts are really hurting when students are taking action and speaking out as in this gteat example. The students really understand the importance that TAFE makes even if many politicians do not! Pollies ignore this at their peril.

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Higher TAFE fees put pressure on trainee jobs - Sydney Morning Herald

Higher TAFE fees put pressure on trainee jobs - Sydney Morning Herald | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Higher TAFE fees put pressure on trainee jobs
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The slow economy and a sharp increase in TAFE fees have been blamed for a fall in the number of apprentices and trainees in NSW at a time of high youth unemployment.
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The O'Farrell Government are getting this completely the wrong way around! They should be increasing funding TAFE in a "proactive" way rather than the "reactive" cutting approach they are taking. The cuts to TAFE are a direct CAUSE of the decline in numbers. This is very clear. The O'Farrell government should be investing much more in vocational education and training. O'Farrell is making it more difficult to access and less affordable for students (and their families who are often the ones to foot the rising bill, or the employer, or both). The very substantial fee hikes are particularly tough on apprentices and trainees and the many small businesses who employ them. These businesses, as John Robertson says, "are expected to meet the rising costs of their training over time". When will the collective State Premiers learn about the importance of TAFE and its substantial effects on industries, communities, and state economies?

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/tertiary-education/higher-tafe-fees-put-pressure-on-trainee-jobs-20131013-2vgnb.html#ixzz2heuw9cGi

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HECS kills price competition - The Australian

HECS kills price competition - The Australian | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
HECS kills price competition The Australian "If you want price competition, fine - have an upfront fee system and get rid of HECS, and bear the consequences for access and equity." Professor Chapman, who helped introduce the higher education...
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Access and equity are the big underlying issues for any fee system for education. Interesting comments by one of the HECS systems architects.

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EU Quality Assurance Glossary in Vocational Education and Training

EU Quality Assurance Glossary in Vocational Education and Training | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it

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"This glossary is a work in progress. It is designed to strengthen communication across VET (sub) systems and VET providers on European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) through multiple definitions in key quality assurance terminology. This multiplicity of definitions reflects their evolving development by researchers, professional bodies, governmental agencies or different international organisations (e.g. European Commission and CEDEFOP, United Nations, OECD, World Bank) in line with the changing practices in management and measurement. Where more than one definition is listed, definitions have been numbered in a non-hierarchical order."

 


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The EU seems to understand the importance of "collaboration" and "cooperation". This seems to me to be  in stark contrast to the policy directions we are moving in within Australia re VET/TAFE with our increasing emphasis on "competition" rather than the above. There seems also to be an emphasis on "socio-economics" and "inclusiveness" not just economics. From their latest policy document: Rethinking education: investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes

This Communication from the European Commission proposes actions at national level and concrete initiatives at EU level to support the modernisation of education and training systems for growth and jobs. These include delivering the right skills for employment and business creation, increasing the efficiency and inclusion of education and training institutions, and working collaboratively with stakeholders. The Communication is accompanied by the first edition of the Education & Training Monitor to provide a picture of current skills supply and progress towards the Europe 2020 headline targets, and six other Staff Working Documents showcasing policy evidence and good practice.

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State Government to probe dodgy training courses

State Government to probe dodgy training courses | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
DODGY training providers are in the State Government's sights after Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall vowed to crack down on those doing the wrong thing.

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The Minister, Peter Hall, says "We want a system in Victoria that gives people confidence that their qualification will lead to a better job, and industry the confidence that they can access skilled people."

This is what all of the Eastern States have had until recently when the VET system was opened up to fully contestable funding under open competition policy by the current state governments. These dodgy training courses are a symptom of that. Its what you get when you open the doors with insufficient regulation. Stop the TAFE cuts!

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, November 2, 2013 7:32 PM

Don't let this mess happen in NSW. We have the best public vocational education system in Australia - TAFE. The NSW government is dismantling it piece by piece. Contact your MP today and ask them what they are doing to stop TAFE cuts.

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VET given heavy lifting on COAG target

VET given heavy lifting on COAG target | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it

STAGNATING literacy and numeracy and funding cuts to vocational education are dovetailing to undermine Australia's push for a more qualified population, according to the electrical industry's skills council.


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A "convergence" of causes. Entry problems and funding problems. If this keeps compounding we will soon have a "perfect storm" in relation to skills losses which, once reached, may be irretrievable.

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, October 31, 2013 5:42 PM

LNP governments wrecking TAFE around Australia are contributing to this decline. Fund TAFE!

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NSW returns to surplus earlier than expected - Sydney Morning Herald

NSW returns to surplus earlier than expected - Sydney Morning Herald | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Sky News Australia
NSW returns to surplus earlier than expected
Sydney Morning Herald
Mr Baird said the result was "a good news story for the people of NSW" but warned the state had "a long way to go".

Via Kathy Nicholson
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If there is now a surplus to this extent why are we still experiencing these outrageous TAFE Cuts!  

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, October 30, 2013 4:25 AM

There is no longer any excuse for TAFE cuts in NSW.

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TAFE Qld to market test outsourced IT - iT News

TAFE Qld to market test outsourced IT iT News From 1 July 2014 the Queensland government will open as much as $200 million worth of TAFE funding to competition from private sector training providers, which is expected to force the TAFE network to...
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Another example of attacks on our wonderful TAFE system, this time in Qld where "revenues" and "operating cost reduction" are becoming the prime focus rather than the teaching and learning. This is a symptom of the out of balance shift to TAFE as a business. The imperative to make money, profit and revenue rather than the delivery of high quality vocational  education and training. Indeed the word education rarely gets a mention anymore.  Increasing revenues by hiking up fees, cutting courses to reduce costs, finding cheaper and hence lower quality ways of delivery. This type of out sourcing is lining the pockets of private providers at taxpayers expense.

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Deep budget cuts leave TAFEs reeling

Deep budget cuts leave TAFEs reeling | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Subsidised enrolments are down, fees up, and jobs lost as Victorian colleges struggle to cope.

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STOP the TAFE CUTS NOW!

TAFE Institutes are bleeding to death trying to keep up thier high standard. The money is being siphoned off into private RTOs many of whom are shonks and fly by nighters. They are not delivering what TAFE must and yet TAFE's budgets are being cut. This is not sustainable if the same high TAFE quality is to continue. Something has to give and it's already happening. Lowering of standards, cheapening of delivery, cutting of some courses while raising the fees of others, all driven by "cost cutting". All the while the private cherry pickers in the VET sector, not TAFE, are raking it in! It is a disgrace and our economy and community will pay the price!

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End of town planner's TAFE journey is start of artistic life - Central Queensland news

End of town planner's TAFE journey is start of artistic life - Central Queensland news | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
End of town planner's TAFE journey is start of artistic life Central Queensland news Enrolling at TAFE initially on a whim two years ago, Maaret is now planning to celebrate the end of her Diploma of Visual Arts course with her fellow students at...
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TAFE is very often the beginning of a new future for many people. TAFE builds theory with practice and allows the experience that an individual brings with them to build upon and can then dramatically change a persons career and future profoundly. TAFE changes lives. This is why it is such a travesty that it is being decimated by severe underfunding and negative consequences of competition policy which us driving down quality and the need to find ever cheaper forms of delivery. Stop the TAFE Cuts and allow TAFE to continue transforming lives by building their highly employable skills.

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Sunshine Coast TAFE visits Lexis Maroochydore | Lexis | Sunshine ...

Sunshine Coast TAFE visits Lexis Maroochydore | Lexis | Sunshine ... | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Lexis Sunshine Coast students had a very helpful information session with two great staff members from Sunshine Coast TAFE. Not only did the very friendly Sunshine Coast TAFE staff answer all our student's questions, they ...
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TAFE is a great alternative way to study in Australia compared to University. Let's hope this does not change under proposed fee hikes and massive funding cuts to TAFE occurring under all the Liberal state governments.  It's time to Stop the TAFE cuts NOW!

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TAFE fee hikes to hit apprentice numbers | Sky News Australia

TAFE fee hikes to hit apprentice numbers | Sky News Australia | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
"Next year TAFE students will face a massive round of increases with some paying $750 more if the independent pricing tribunal's recommendations are accepted," Dr Kaye said in a statement. "Skills training is becoming ...
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It is becoming clearly apparent that TAFE is becoming unaffordable for growing numbers of school leavers.  The O'Farrell government is introducing unaffordable fees and the barriers to entry are ever increasing. The state opposition is apparently calling on the government to do more to address skills shortages and the high rate of youth unemployment.


The massive swing against the O'Farrell Government and win by Labor in Miranda this Saturday clearly suggests that the community is not happy with these moves by O'Farrell. The TAFE cuts and these changes to TAFE funding were seen as a major issue in that By-Election.


The Greens, urged the government to abandon its plans to make "students pay more and to strip TAFE of a big slice of its budget".

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Twitter / DanielAndrewsMP: TAFE cuts have hit hard in ...

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RT @DanielAndrewsMP: TAFE cuts have hit hard in Bentleigh #springst #PeoplesForums http://t.co/Vfh08zJIlp
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TAFE cuts in Vic are also hitting hard as in NSW and Qld.  More teachers and support staff jobs to go with outrageous cuts to courses. Stop the TAFE cuts!

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TAFE cuts targeted in opposition campaign

TAFE students in Sutherland Shire have been hit hard by state government cuts, opposition spokesman on education Carmel Tebbutt says.
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GYMEA TAFE in the Sutherland Shire has been hit very hard with significant cuts to many courses. These are a direct result of Barry O'Farrell's cuts to TAFE. Labor's candidate in the upcoming Miranda bi-election, Barry Collier, says that he strongly opposes these TAFE cuts And supports the teachers in their Stop the TAFE Cuts Campaign. The opposition spokesman on education, Carmel Tebbutt also says that these TAFE cuts in the Sutherland Shire are a direct result of the state government's cuts. The by-election in Miranda is this coming Saturday.

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